Henry Claypool is the former Senior Advisor for Disability Policy to the Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), now the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services in HHS. While at HHS Claypool played a key role in marshalling a highly effective implementation effort in response to the Olmstead decision that involved an extensive review of federal policy and development of guidance to States on the operation of the Medicaid program. He also was instrumental in developing policies that expanded Medicare's coverage policy regarding certain assistive technologies. In 2000, the agency classified augmentative communication devices as durable medical equipment allowing the Medicare program to pay for these aids. After becoming disabled when he was a student at the University of Colorado, Claypool went on to become the director of the disability services office at its Boulder campus. He also managed a home health agency for people with significant disabilities housed within an independent living center.